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From: Nir Dagan <nir@nirdagan.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 17:50:23 +0300 (Israel Daylight Time)
To: George Lund <george@lundboox.demon.co.uk>
cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.10.9907101745060.-931579@uymfdlvk>

On Fri, 9 Jul 1999, George Lund wrote:

> In article <Pine.WNT.4.10.9907070918120.-210899@zira.huji.ac.il>, Nir
> Dagan <nir@nirdagan.com> writes
> >Another cost that may be saved with XML is the ability to parse
> >(some) documents without a DTD. Retreiving a DTD across the
> >internet and parsing it constitutes considerable bandwith,
> >processing, and display time costs. 
> Fair enough, but for common applications like HTML a parser (i.e. web
> browser) could be expected to have copies of the DTD to hand. So I still
> don't really see why we need HTML to be reformulated into XML.

An XML browser that does not understand SGML and doesn't have a DTD of
HTML at hand can still render an xhtml document well if it is served
as XML and with a stylesheet. It will be unable to display SGMLish HTML.

Thus, reformulation HTML in XML makes it very cheap for XML applications
to render HTML.

Nir Dagan.

Received on Saturday, 10 July 1999 10:58:24 UTC

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